Two U.S. media organizations have declared that the Democratic Party has won a majority in the U.S. Senate, and with it, complete control of the U.S. Congress following Tuesday's midterm elections.
NBC and the Associated Press say Democratic challenger Jim Webb is the winner over Republican Senator George Allen in (the southern U.S. state of) Virginia. Webb holds a lead of about seven-thousand votes, out of more than two-million ballots cast.
Allen has not conceded defeat, and his campaign says he will wait until a re-check of the vote counting is completed by local officials. But one advisor says Allen has no intention of seeking a recount if the votes remain in Webb's favor.
The opposition Democrats had already swept to victory in the House of Representatives, With Webb's victory, they would control both chambers of Congress for the first time since 1994.
President Bush has expressed disappointment with the election results, but called on both political parties to work together. He will meet separately today with Republican and Democratic congressional leaders.